Greek Flaming Cheese

It looks like I am becoming quite fond of Greek cuisine since I am posting another recipe originally from the sunny splendid, blue waters and white buildings of Greece.

Whenever we go to a greek festival we get the flaming cheese that they make right in front of you, and we simply love it!

Few weeks ago we found Kasseri cheese and we could not help it to try to prepare Saganaki: greek flaming cheese :)

Saganaki - Greek flaming cheese

It turned out very tasty and it was very easy to prepare… just try not to burn down your house when you flame it :P


  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 thick slices of kasseri cheese
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbs brandy (or other liquor, cognac works well too)
  • toasted pita to serve


Steps Saganaki

In a small pan melt 1 tbs of butter on medium high heat. Saganaki means little frying pan, and is the small single serving pan typically used for this recipe.

Place one slice of cheese (picture 2) and let melt until the sides are soft.

Turn the cheese on the other side carefully avoiding to peel off the crispy crust that has formed.

While the cheese melts on the other side squeeze 1/2 lemon over it (picture 3) and sprinkle with 1 tbs of liquor. Ready? Now ignite!! We used a torch (picture 4) but you can use any other device… just be careful!

Slide you flaming cheese down on a toasted pita and enjoy!

Saganaki - Greek flaming cheese

If you exaggerate with the amount of liquor… this may happen:

Flaming with too much liquor

An occasion for a good photo shot but maybe not the ideal situation in your kitchen :P


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